Director, Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice
University Professor, Department of English
Carolyn Forché is the Director of the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice and most recently the author of the memoir What You Have Heard Is True (Penguin Random House, 2019). She is the author of four books of poetry: Gathering The Tribes, which received the Yale Younger Poets Award, The Country Between Us, chosen as the Lamont Selection of the Academy of American Poets, The Angel of History, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and Blue Hour, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is also the editor of Against Forgetting: Twentieth-Century Poetry of Witness (W. W. Norton, 1993) and the coeditor of Poetry of Witness: The Tradition in English, 1500-2001 (W. W. Norton, 2014). She has been a human rights activist for thirty years.